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Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Sets Attendance Record

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Sets Attendance Record

NASHVILLE, TN – OCTOBER 12: Singer Taylor Swift poses with one of her very first-12 string guitars and with Museum Director Kyle Young during the Taylor Swift Education Center opening ceremony at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on October 12, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee. Seven-time GRAMMY winner Swift’s $4 million gift to endow the center is the largest individual artist gift in the Hall of Fame’s history. (Photo by Royce DeGrie/TAS/Getty Images for TAS)

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum was busy in 2013. The Museum set an all-time attendance record for the year with a total of 668,777 people visiting throughout the year, the most to walk through the doors in its 46-year history.

“We would like to thank our local, national and international visitors for such strong support,” said Museum Director Kyle Young. “Through November 2013, our operating revenues increased by about 25% over prior year, we held expenses in check, and we expect those numbers to hold through December 2013.  In these challenging economic times, we don’t take this for granted. 

“We attribute the strong year to several factors,” he continued. “We had a great mix of exhibitions:  The Bakersfield Sound: Buck Owens, Merle Haggard and California Country; Carrie Underwood: The Blown Away Tour; and Reba: All the Women I Am; as well as a dynamic schedule of live programs and events.  Our major expansion, now nearing completion, brought many new spaces for our visitors to enjoy in 2013, including Hatch Show Print, the CMA Theater and the Taylor Swift Education Center.  Finally, Nashville continues to be a red-hot tourist destination, and we are happy to contribute to and benefit from this. It’s exciting to see our city and industry be recognized for all that it has to offer.”

The Museum’s mission is the preservation of the history of country and related vernacular music rooted in southern culture. For more information on the Museum, visit www.countrymusichalloffame.org.

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